anyone else notice how foxes flock to the front of the ankoku temple?
if you’ve played through the game, you know that the ‘true’ rao is long since dead, nothing more than a skeleton tucked away in a secret passage to queen himiko’s palace.
in her place is ninetails, the kitsune follower of yami.
i never really thought about the foxes until my most recent playthrough, since now i always wander past ankoku temple feeling a little sad that we never really get to meet the real, genuine rao.
seeing the foxes made me realize how heavy of an influence ninetails has on the area and the fact they have a strong hold on this holy place.
the foxes could even be seen as a sort of foreshadowing, since even though they are not kitsune, they still bear the strongest connection to ninetails.
alongside the demon scroll hovering about, clearly undeterred by how close ankoku temple is alongside its bell, it is clear in other playthrough’s that this is no longer a safe, pure place away from demons.